Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 09/02/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Do you like bugs or do you think they are yucky? We’ll take a close look at some bugs – big and small, creepy and crawly – and see where they live and what they eat. We’ll also spend some time outside doing a bug search – so come dressed for a walk

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by August 31

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/02/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Do you like bugs or do you think they are yucky? We’ll take a close look at some bugs – big and small, creepy and crawly – and see where they live and what they eat. We’ll also spend some time outside doing a bug search – so come dressed for a walk

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by August 31

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  September’s class will be an investigation of insects.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by August 28 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee are per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 09/04/2015
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  September’s class will be an investigation of insects.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by August 31 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee are per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 09/05/2015
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center

    For all ages. 

    Under 16 with an adult.

    The American Kestrel is a native falcon whose numbers are in decline in our area.  We will discuss the life history of these beautiful birds and how we are trying to bring back their numbers.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Sept 2

    This is a free program.


    • 09/05/2015
    • 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 5

    For Ages 18 and up

    Come explore the bay off Flag Ponds Nature Park with lighted stand up paddle boards. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must have prior experience stand up paddle boarding. To try out a stand up paddle board check out Patuxent Adventure Center in Solomons or Sup2u Rentals at Kings Landing Park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park we will meet at the education building

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Aug 28

    Fee is per person.
    $75 for BCNES members
    $85 for nonmembers

    Bring your own kayak option does not apply to this program.

    Due to the limited number of paddle boards with light systems, we will only have room for 5 people for the paddle. If we have enough people interested we can set up another trip on separate date as well. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 09/06/2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Learn more about Calvert Nature Society and celebrate our fantastic volunteers. After dinner, listen to a lively talk by Sara Via, UMD professor, on the effects of climate change on our native plant communities.

    Free event. Dinner will be BBQ and there will be vegetarian options.

    Sara Via's lecture is supported by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

    • 09/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5

    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required



      
    Location - Kings Landing Park
      
      
    Which way is west from here?  North is the side of the tree with the moss, right?  If you have wanted to learn how to use a compass, now’s your chance!  We’ll go over ways of finding your way without a compass, compass basics, then put our newly-learned skills to the test on an orienteering course around the park. 
      
    Fee:

    Free for Society members

    $8 per person for nonmembers
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 09/12/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 5

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Early fall is a great time to be paddling on the river - but what lives under the surface?  We will paddle to different locations and see what we can find using a variety of nets.     

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by September 10 

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

     

    • 09/17/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The beaches are covered in amazing shells.  We will collect shells and talk about the animals that live in them. Afterward we will make a fun craft with the shells we find.

     

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept 14

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/17/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The beaches are covered in amazing shells.  We will collect shells and talk about the animals that live in them. Afterward we will make a fun craft with the shells we find.

     

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept 14

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/19/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 2

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.   

    The Maryland Biodiversity Project needs help documenting all the plants and animals of Maryland. Teens will have fun exploring the park as they capture as many animals on camera as possible.  They can bring their own camera or help catch animals for the naturalist to photograph.  Wear clothes that can get wet/dirty and bring a bag lunch, water, backpack and camera (optional).

    LocationBiscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 17.  Register online, by mail, or email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 09/19/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 1
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Help conserve monarch butterflies by gently catching and tagging them.  As you help the naturalist collect data, you and your children will learn how you can participate in this citizen science project at home. Meet at Cypress Swamp.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp  and  Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 09/21/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    After some butterfly-themed activities and a puppet show, head out to the meadow to look for migrating monarchs and other butterflies.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/21/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    After some butterfly-themed activities and a puppet show, head out to the meadow to look for migrating monarchs and other butterflies.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/21/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 10

    Free Program For Volunteers

    Ages 13 and Up   

    Help conserve monarch butterflies by gently catching and tagging them.  As you help the naturalist collect data at Kings Landing Park, you will learn how you can participate in this citizen science project at home or at our parks.

    Returning and new volunteers are welcome.

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 09/23/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Park
    • 1

    For children in Grades 3-5

    Availablity Alert: Room for 1 more child 8/26/15

    Don’t spend off from school at home, come play in the park!   Explore the park and make new friends. We will spend the day exploring this new park area- hiking through the woods, walking in the creek, and playing games. Bring water, a snack, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. You’ll want a change of clothes for the way home and a towel.

     

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before September 18

    Fee is per child.
    Free for BCNES members
    $12 for nonmembers

    • 09/23/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 10/02/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 3 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  October’s class will be an investigation of fish.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by September 28 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee are per family.:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 10/02/2015
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 1

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  October’s class will be an investigation of fish.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by September 28 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee are per family.:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 10/02/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 7

    For families with children 6 years and older, adult participation required

    As the sun sets and the darkness spreads like a blindfold across your eyes, even the most familiar places take on an air of mystery.  We’ll keep our ears, noses, and eyes open for nocturnal animal as we explore the park at night.  Bring a flashlight

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by September 30

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

     

    • 10/06/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Children ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

     The Chesapeake Bay is one of the world’s largest estuaries – and it’s right in our backyard.  Bring your little ones to this fun introduction to the Bay and some of its inhabitants.   

     

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 10/06/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Children ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

     The Chesapeake Bay is one of the world’s largest estuaries – and it’s right in our backyard.  Bring your little ones to this fun introduction to the Bay and some of its inhabitants.   

     

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 10/10/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will have fun using a seine net to help the naturalist catch and document fish for the Maryland Biodiversity Project. Learn how you can particpiate in this citizen science project in your own backyard.

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 8. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 10/16/2015
    • 7:00 AM
    • 10/17/2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Assateague Island National Seashore
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Life on the Edge
    For children ages 12-16

    7:00 a.m.  Friday, October 16 through
    Saturday, October 17 approximately 5:00pm 

    Orientation meeting - 6:30pm, October 1 at Battle Creek Nature Center (must attend to go on trip)

    Location: meets at Kings Landing Park then travel to Assateague Island

    Assateague Island is poised between the land and the sea - recreated each day by ocean, wind, and waves.  Kayak the coastal bay, camp in the sand dunes, cook dinner over a fire, and explore the beach at night.

    Additional details

    Provide your own lunch Friday.  Dinner Friday, snacks, breakfast and lunch Saturday provided.  Tents provided – must have own sleeping bag.   

     

    (Maximum number of campers: 8)

    Fee per child: Society members pay $40 per person.
    Nonmembers pay $60.


    Each child must be registered separately.
    You may register online, by mail, or in person. See the Registration Information page for details.

    • 10/17/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 9

    For Ages: 6-9 years old
    Adult participation is required.

    Come help us build a nature playspace at the park. We may build a bamboo fort or a large eagles nest and more.  Bring your ideas and clothes that can get dirty. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Free

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct 12

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 10/17/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 4

    Participants must be at least 18 years of age for this trip.

     

    Capture the fall sites on the Patuxent River while traveling by kayak. Be sure to bring a waterproof case or dry bag for your camera gear. We’ll meet at the parking lot near the pool.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Monday, Oct 12

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers.

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 10/19/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    School’s out, so let’s spend the day immersed in nature while playing games!  Participate in field day events such as an egg drop, a pac-man themed maze run, archery, and more.  Bring a refillable water bottle and a bagged lunch.  

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 10/22/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Some animals have very special ways that they move. We’ll play fun games as we learn why animals move differently. Be prepared to spend some time outside.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct 16

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 10/22/2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 6

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Some animals have very special ways that they move. We’ll play fun games as we learn why animals move differently. Be prepared to spend some time outside.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct 16

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 10/24/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 18

    Children must be at least 10 years old; If you’re not yet 16, bring a parent along to help with the projects.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Come join a cadre of other volunteers. Thanks to grants from the Chaney Foundation, Calvert Garden Club, and Dominion Foundation, we’ll be building improved picnic facilities and boardwalks at Flag Ponds. Bring heavy work gloves, we’ll provide the tools and supplies needed. All ages, under 16 years with an adult. If you need hours for community service, bring your paperwork along.

    Dress for outdoor work: long pants, long sleeves, sturdy hiking boots. Bring sturdy work gloves if you have them.

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

    • 10/25/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 20

    Children must be at least 10 years old. If you’re not yet 16, bring a parent along to help with the projects.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Come join a cadre of other volunteers. Thanks to grants from the Chaney Foundation, Calvert Garden Club, and Dominion Foundation, we’ll be building improved picnic facilities and boardwalks at Flag Ponds. Bring heavy work gloves, we’ll provide the tools and supplies needed. All ages, under 16 years with an adult. If you need hours for community service, bring your paperwork along.

    Dress for outdoor work: long pants, long sleeves, sturdy hiking boots. Bring sturdy work gloves if you have them.

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

    • 10/30/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Puppets will teach your children about owls and other things that begin with the letter "O."  They will even meet one of the nature center's live owls. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 28. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 10/30/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 4
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Puppets will teach your children about owls and other things that begin with the letter "O."  They will even meet one of the nature center's live owls. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 28. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 11/05/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    What will the fall give us? Will we find colorful leaves or nuts? Come celebrate fall - we will enjoy playing with whatever we find!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by November 3 please    

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 



    • 11/05/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    What will the fall give us? Will we find colorful leaves or nuts? Come celebrate fall - we will enjoy playing with whatever we find!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by November 3 please

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers   

     


    • 11/06/2015
    • 1:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of birds.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by October 30 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 11/06/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of birds.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by October 30 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 11/07/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 11
    Ages 12-16 years

    A safe place to play outdoors is important for people of all ages. This will be a day for teens to give back as well as have fun outdoors and meet new people by helping create elements for our Nature Play Space.  We will do things like create a digging pit, build a fort, or gather loose parts which may be used by park visitors big and small.    

    Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Bring a lunch, a water bottle, and a snack.

    Please register by November 5

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Free.




    • 11/11/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2

     

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Trying to earn service hours for school?  Come to Kings Landing Park to assist the rangers with some much needed projects!  We will be picking up litter, clearing trails, repairing damage, and many more worthwhile activities.  You will leave with a letter thanking you for 4 hours of service!  Bring working gloves, a bagged lunch and a refillable water bottle.   

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 11/14/2015
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 6

    For All Ages

    Under 16 with an adult

    Program Fee:
     FREE

    Come bring your four legged friend out for a hike as we explore the beautiful rolling hills of Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm. Be sure to bring a leash and plastic bags to clean up after your pet.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Nov 10

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 11/15/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 7

    For All Ages

    Under 16 with an adult

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fall is a great time to go hiking. We will explore Ward Farm Park and see what exciting things we find. Be sure to bring your camera and some binoculars.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Nov 10

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 11/18/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Every fall hundreds of Canada Geese fly down to Maryland to spend the winter.  We will see if we can see any on the river and learn more about these long distance birds. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Nov 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 11/18/2015
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Every fall hundreds of Canada Geese fly down to Maryland to spend the winter.  We will see if we can see any on the river and learn more about these long distance birds. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Nov 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 11/21/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    The sandy beaches of Flag Ponds are a perfect place to look for animal tracks.  Children will have fun being nature sleuths to determine which animals have recently visitied the beach.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    These programs allow students to investigate firsthand the life found in and around our area.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 19. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Program Fee may be paid online by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 11/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 1

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    "T" is for turkeys and Thanksgiving.  Following some fun "T"-themed activities and a puppet show, take a short hike in the fall leaves.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele 

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 11/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 7

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    "T" is for turkeys and Thanksgiving.  Following some fun "T"-themed activities and a puppet show, take a short hike in the fall leaves.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele 

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 12/02/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 2

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Winter is a time for trees to take a break. We will talk about how trees survive in the winter while hiking to the Grandfather Tree!

     

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov 30

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/02/2015
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 2

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Winter is a time for trees to take a break. We will talk about how trees survive in the winter while hiking to the Grandfather Tree!

     

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov 30

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  December’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 30 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 12/04/2015
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 2

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  December’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 30 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 12/05/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    For children ages 12-16

    Come find out what it takes to work with captive hawks and owls.  Help take care of the daily maintenance of these birds and spend some time working hands-on with them.     

     Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   

    Space is limited to 8.

    Fee is per child.

    Free for Society members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by December 3

     

    • 12/08/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, December 4. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 12/08/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, December 4. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 12/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 3

    For Ages: 6-9 years old
    Adult participation is required.

    Bring nature inside this holiday season as we make tree cookie ornaments. Be sure to bring a wire clothes hanger per child and clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Program Fee: Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Dec 7

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 12/12/2015
    • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown MD
    • 13

    For Ages 10-adult, under 16 needs an adult.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Ever wanted to see a shooting star?  Then come to Kings Landing Park to watch one of the best meteor showers of the year. Bring a reclining lawn chair and blankets or sleeping bag to stay warm.  

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Dec 10

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/13/2015
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 21

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    All trees do not look alike in winter! We'll learn the basics of plant identification using winter keys and field guides, then take a hike to use our knowledge (so make sure you bring outdoor weather clothes). This program is designed for those with little or no experience and will focus on twigs, buds, and bark. Geared for adults, but teens 16 or older may attend.

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Optional: field guides, hand lens

    Bring: Hand lens, binoculars, cameras. Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress for the weather.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Calvert Nature Society and Maryland Native Plant Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 12/17/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 14

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 12/17/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 14

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 12/19/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 1

    For Ages: 6-9 years
    Adult participation is required.

    Children will learn some basic compass skills and will use what they have learned to find candy canes hidden in the park.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, December 17.

    Register online, by mailemail or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee: Free for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

Calvert Nature Society (formerly Battle Creek Nature Education Society) is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage
and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community.
We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through
our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.
The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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